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Andrew Bogut unaffected by Chinese fans’ boos in World Cup opener

Andrew Bogut, Australia

Andrew Bogut doesn’t mind (and doesn’t care about) the boos and jeers he received from the Chinese crowd in Australia’s FIBA World Cup opener.

During their 108-92 win over Canada, Bogut was booed by the Chinese crowd in attendance. It was some sort of retaliation for what Bogut did last July, taking a shot at Chinese swimmer Sun Yang. He received backlash from several Chinese critics for his tweet, and it continues to trickle on in the FIBA World Cup in China.

For the Australian center, however, this is just part of the game and he’s used to the noise.

“I don’t think it affects us at all … there’s just general noise,” he said, per the Australian Associated Press via The Guardian. “Every game you play, there’s passionate fans and, when you play the Lithuanians, they’ll have the drums and the noise … it adds to the atmosphere of the tournament, which is fun. I certainly don’t think it’s a distraction.”

Bogut had the last laugh though, as he helped Australia beat Canada, 108-92. The former Golden State Warriors center finished with 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting, along with nine rebounds and one block.

Based on Bogut’s performance, as well as Australia’s 17-point rally in the third quarter, it’s safe to say that they weren’t affected at all by the jeers. Hopefully, they can sustain their focus for the entirety of the international tourney.